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so, tell us your favorite joke and try to explain the joke without ruining it." not bad for a school often tagged with the reputation of "where fun comes to die." so, good luck and merry christmas. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "all in with chris hayes" starts right now. good evening from new york. there you are. i'm chris hayes. thanks for joining us tonight for a very special show. >> welcome to the first annual "all in all awards show special." >> you know it's special when we order up special animation. 2013 is coming to a close with the president of the united states signing up for the care that bears his name, obamacare, by the d.c. exchange. the white house announcing it was extending the deadline to enroll in coverage that will be effective january 1st to midnight tomorrow night. that extension coming because of the overwhelming surge in demand. beltway consensus is that this has been a bad year for president barack obama, his worst ever, in fact.
but while the politics of this year have been dicey, the year's coming to a close with millions of americans who have been condemned to the anxiety and cruelty and uncertainty of life without health insurance start getting it, and for many, it will be their first time. msnbc.com, for example, reporting back in october about kentuckian deborah wright, who struggled for 30 years to take care of herself without health insurance. she avoided the doctor because she couldn't afford the cost. "usually, if i had to go, i'd have to borrow the money," she told msnbc. "but most of the time, i didn't go." thanks to the affordable care act, she was able to enroll this fall in medicaid, and that puts the question of approval ratings and politics somewhat in perspective. all in all, it's been a pretty eventful year. a terrifying bomb attack at the boston marathon, a u.s. military intervention in syria averted, a landmark supreme court decision striking down legal discrimination against bay and lesbian couples, and perhaps most shocking of all, the video music awards and probably enjoying a moment of pop culture relevance.
tonight, for the first time in "all in's" history, we'll be handing out year-end awards in categories that focus on some of the highest and lowest moments in the politics and culture of the past 12 months. i'm very happy to have you with us. also joining me to issue their own picks for those awards, josh barrel with "business insider," nancy giles, contributor for "cbs sunday morning," richard kim, executive editor at the nation.com and lynn winstead, comedian and co-creator of "the daily show." now it's time for our first award. >> it's the "all in 2013 worst quote of the year" award. >> all right, worst quote of the year. i'm going to go first on this one, and this goes to republican congressman steven fincher of tennessee who was one of the republicans who voted against food stamps, also voted to continue farm subsidies. in explaining his philosophy on food stamps, he had this to say. >> i looked at second thessalonians 3:10, for even when we were with you, we gave
you this rule of the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat." if you don't work, you don't eat. but more than that, the role of citizens, of christians, of humanity, is to take care of each other, but not for washington to steal money from those in the country and give it to others in the country. >> all right, so, steven fincher, one of the republicans who's voted for $40 billion in food stamp cuts, justifying it with the biblical injunction, you don't work, you don't eat. but here is the best thing from steven fincher, the thing that makes me absolutely see red. steven fincher has a farm. [ laughter ] no, no, this is a true fact. since 1995, that farm has received $3 million in taxpayer money and subsidies, in farm subsidies, to the fincher farm. he made more last year from farm subsidies than the median income for a household of four. this is just money given by taxpayers to steven fincher to farmers at the same time that he
is literally sitting on the dole and getting millions of u.s. taxpayer dollars, he is cutting off food stamps. this is like the -- this is everything i hate about the current republican congress. it would be one thing if they had some small degree of actual ideological consistency, but it is to me perfectly embodied in a party that is going to screw people over on food stamps with some ridiculous bible can injunction while sitting there and literally collecting their welfare checks from uncle sam -- >> wait. >> is it not simple? does he not realize he's done this? is he a fractured personality, is that what going on? >> i don't think he sees it inconsistent. >> it's sincere. >> it's sincere. and let's remember, the republican party split up the food stamps and farm subsidy votes precisely so they could continue this hypocrisy. >> if you go up to a conservative think tank or a conservative in washington, they'll say obviously farm subsidies are awful. when you look at budget plans put out -- >> this is the consensus opinion
of conservative wonks. >> and of liberals. all think tanks say cut farm subsidies, but there were only 12 republicans in the house who voted no on the farm-only food stamp -- >> exactly. >> so, you have a small number of principled conservatives who would say, no, handing out free money to farmers for no reason is bad policy and a waste of taxpayer money. five times as many were unwilling to vote for the food stamp bill because it only cut $20 billion -- >> and they wanted more. >> -- over ten years. >> josh, what is your worst quote of the year? >> my worst quote goes to president obama. it's not something he said this year, it's something he said over and over again in 2009 and 2010. you probably know what it is. >> let's take a listen. >> you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance, period, end of story. if you've got health insurance, you can keep it. if you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. no matter what you've heard, if you like your doctor or health care plan, you can keep it.
>> all right. >> yeah. >> was there a problem with that? i missed that. was i out that day? >> that was two years ago. >> no, i mean, obviously, what is wrong with this, it's true for most people, not for everybody. you had about 5 million people whose plans in the existing private insurance market were canceled, which is a little bil built less than 2 percent of the population, but it's 5 million people. >> on the receiving end. >> so that's a lot of people that can write to the "wall street journal" about how their plan can be canceled. >> this was also your quote. >> and it's such an unforced political error. i get why the white house said they. they wanted to avoid the sort of hillarycare disruptions of service, but it actually runs counter to the intent of the policy. the whole point of it is to get rid of these crappy plans, right, that shouldn't actually be on the market. >> okay, so, here's -- let me argue against this unforced error idea. the biggest obstacle to any kind of universal health care perform is disruption, right?
the idea that people are going to take away the thing you have. you have this problem which is the system as a whole doesn't work. the majority of people like what they have and you have to thread that needle. saying you're going to be able to keep your insurance, which was broadly true, if not in the 5 million particular case, broadly true, was a way of appeasing that. and if they knew that wasn't going to be true later, which i actually don't think they were. i think they were surprised by the way the policy blew up in their face, but it's basically just like, well, we'll just deal with that when we actually do it, right? i mean, there's a political calculation there, there's a cost benefit calculation, liz, which is, like, this is what we have to say to get this passed and we'll deal with the consequences later. >> but i don't think that's what they needed to say to the american people. i think they needed to say you know that crappy plan you have? you don't even know the doctor who's on it, he could be from who knows what kind of crappy medical school. that guy's gone and now you can have good, american, health care -- >> once you start hedging those emphatic declarations lose their force. >> i think it's less simple than
this. part of the reason the plans changed and got more expensive is because they're more comprehensive in a lot of places, but also, it was really expensive to extend this coverage to a lot of people who didn't have it before, a lot of whom were quite sick and it was expensive to cover them. if you had a single-payer system, it would be mostly paid for by wealthy people. a big part of the financing of obamacare is higher premiums on people who are healthy and middle income. >> right. >> there are a small number of these people who are made substantially worse off by the law and they have good reason to be complaining. why are these the people who we turn to to finance this reform of the system? >> right. nancy, go ahead. >> i was just going to say, the thing it boils down to is it's a complicated system, and people like to latch on to simple phrases and go with that, and it's just not simple. it did help a lot of people's lives, but people were able to attach themselves to that. if you don't want to change, you don't have to, and that made it look like the president was -- >> for the record, i was playing devil's advocate. you can't say that and have it not be true. politically, that was a problem. nancy, your worst quote of the
year comes from mayor michael bloomberg. >> i'm so happy to see him go. i do like city bike, i won't lie about that but there are so many things that he did that i think just showed the kind of deaf ear he had to the people who he's mayor of, and this quote shows it all. >> let's take a listen. >> one newspaper and one news service, they just keep saying, oh, it's a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group. that may be, but it's not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the murder. in that case, incidentally, i think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. >> we stop whites too much and minorities too little. >> here's mayor mike bloomberg defending the stop-and-frisk policy, a policy the nypd implemented under his watch in which disproportionately, black and brown men are stopped, even though the vast majority of them stopped have done nothing wrong, no drugs, no guns, no anything. >> no drugs, no guns --
>> struck down by a federal judge and this was his response. a perfect mayor bloomberg moment. there's a million ways you can defend the policy that doesn't tell the critics of it basically to go themselves. >> look, just as a personal note, how do you like hearing that, you know, white people are stopped too much? >> right. >> black people aren't stopped enough. it hurts my feelings it hurts my brothers and my friends' feelings, and it's also statistically not accurate. and i think that's what really bugged me more than anything. there are statistics that show, just like you said, the disprosecutionate amount of black men that are stopped, men of color, getting no goods from them, and a smaller percentage of white people that are stopped where they were finding guns and drugs. and to look at statistics -- >> yes. >> -- and say that's no. >> and there was a great column on this response that says the logical inference here is just the logical inference of racism. it's a nonsensical one. it is true that, for instance, people from the subcontinent, indians and pakistanis, make up
an entire percentage of people in med school and doctors than they would have the general population, but if someone said to you, you've got to get yourself a pakistani doctor, you'd look at them like they're nuts, because that's not how we reason. but that is literally the reasoning embedded in mayor bloomberg's quote. lizz winstead, your worst quote of the year. >> my worst quote of the year comes from rand paul and you're thinking, wow, how could you pick one? but i picked one, and i think it's the worst one of all. >> take a listen. >> i do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks that they're paid for. if you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers. you're causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy. >> why did that grind your gears, lizz winstead? >> well, for a couple reasons. one, when you say you're doing someone a favor who is struggling, it is unbelievably detached, especially when you're talking about people who are completely not represented at all in congress, at all
anywhere, so they are franticly sitting there saying this guy is telling me i'm going to be better because i can't feed my kids after christmas. and -- >> three days after christmas 1.3 million people will lose their unemployment checks and he was defending that policy, which republicans insisted on as the cost of getting a budget deal and telling those people we would be doing you a disservice if we extended unemployment. >> it's also for me the icing on the making poverty a morality issue, and i'm very, very sick of people who are struggling being demonized as though it's a character flaw. i feel sick to my stomach about it, actually. >> there is a republican congressman from tennessee, steven fincher, who says you don't work, you don't eat. coming up, what are the most important stories of the year that no one covered because we were too impressed with the least important stories of the year? the awards for undercovered and overcovered, next. eartburn. woo! [ male announcer ] prilosec otc is the number one doctor recommended frequent heartburn medicine for 8 straight years. one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn.
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second award of the night. >> it's the "all in undercovered and overcovered stories of the year" award. >> all right, what stories this year were over covered what were undercovered? you get to choose one of each. josh berra, overcovered and undercovered. >> okay, and both of these are partly my fault -- >> believe me, bro, i work in cable news, so there is nothing that doesn't get on me as well. this entire segment is just invitation for self-contempt. >> okay. so, undercovered, medicaid expansion. we've been focusing a lot over the last 2 1/2 months on the rollout of private insurance plans through the exchanges and obamacare, which were a disaster and are now less of a disaster, but you also have this other half of the insurance expansion, which is medicaid. and so, you're going get millions of people signing up under that, many of them most vulnerable people in the country, most in need of the expansion, but you also have 4.8 million people who should be getting the medicaid expansion who won't because governors have decided basically that they want to spite the president. the federal government would pay
100% of the cost of this program for the first three years and then 90% of it thereafter, and they're saying no just because they want to do anything to stop -- >> during the plan cancellation frenzy, this was my hobby horse. okay, fine, the people getting their plans canceled, i understand, that's frustrating and angry for them, but talk to people who are being denied medicaid expansion because they're frustrated, too. overcovered. >> in the last few months, the culture war stories, black santa, pajama boy and then "duck dynasty" over the past few days. >> oh, yeah, not like we did nine segments on them. >> i wrote a piece on "duck dynasty" on friday and on saturday -- >> you are milking it. >> those are my most popular stories of the year on any topic -- >> you're part of the problem, not part of the solution. >> and i'm going to quit writing about monetary policy and housing and just write about "duck dynasty." >> as ron burgundy says in the upcoming "anchorman 2," he says
why do we have to give people the news they need rather than the news they want. >> i thought the healthcare.gov website glitches, they were covered without context. there was no mention of whether they could have been hacked. i saw all these websites, killobamacare.gov, all kinds of problems that could have happened that way, site tampering, and a lot of people signed up by phone and got on successfully. so, i felt that fixture on the website problems were a little too much. my undercovered story was, unfortunately, another stand your ground case. a young man named jordan davis in jacksonville, florida who was with friends at a gas station playing rap music and a guy that pulled in named michael dunn decided that, somehow, he felt threatened and he thought he saw a barrel of a gun and he shot and killed jordan davis. and another young man lost for a ridiculous reason. >> a remarkable story. it was a gas station incident in which the alleged killer said
that he told him to turn their music down. he, the alleged killer's white, young men in the car pumping hip-hop music. anyone at a gas station has seen exactly this interaction go down exactly this way. it ended with the alleged shooter saying that jordan davis, he saw a gun, he shot and killed. there was no gun in the car, we should establish. >> no gun, nothing. >> he, now, he attempted to use stand your ground. now he's being prosecuted for murder, so we will see how this bears out. richard kim, overcovered, undercovered. >> my overcovered story is the pope. chris, i know you are a big fan -- >> i'm getting slaughtered out here. >> it's great to hear religious leaders condemn the tyranny of unfettered capitalism, but it is still at the forefront of battles against abortion and contraception, it's still leading the legal case against contraception coverage in the obamacare rollout. in uganda, where catholicism is the largest religion, the pope
has yet to condemn a bill to put homosexuals in jail for life. i feel like if don't have reproductive and human rights at the core of an economic message, it's incomplete. >> so this is as much about the tenor of the coverage as about quantity. you're saying there's been all this coverage and it's essentially enthusiastic, this guy's great, he's changing the way everything is perceived and there should be more skepticism and inquiry directed at the church -- >> and it's not just the economic and cultural, but those two are one and the same. the undercovered is the trial of chelsea manning. however you feel about what chelsea manning did and what punishment she should or should not get, it is undeniably one of the biggest trials of the year, if not the decade. and i think mainstream media really failed to cover it. it was mostly independent journalists there. they had a really hard time getting into the courts. >> "the new york times" basically was shamed into sending a reporter there. one thing i will say, it's a remarkable thing. i really understand now how people who don't want things to be covered keep them from being
covered because i work in television now. and the first question at the editorial meeting is is there tape or sound? and there's never any tape or sound. there is no tape or sound out of began tan moe or basically anything that happens on wall street, derivatives, s.e.c. that doesn't justify people -- >> printouts -- >> but it's so fascinating to watch the way in people who don't want things covered keep things away from microphones, away from cameras. it makes a huge difference. jodi arias, the jury asking her questions was on tv, it then got on tv. lizz winstead. >> overcovered, anything anthony weiner. >> just because you just said that, i now have to play an anthony weiner tape so we can be reminded in case people forgot. here's anthony weiner. >> good afternoon. my name's anthony weiner, democratic candidate for mayor of the city of new york. i have said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have. >> that is the hastily called anthony weiner press conference
after reports that other texts and photos after the period in which he was supposedly rehabilitated -- >> all of it was ridiculous. the guy was in fourth place. the entire mayoral race treated him like he was the front-runner. the same amount of i don't give a who's howdy crap about that guy -- i was so mad, yeah. so, underreported, i'm changing my mind for the third time and i'm going to say north carolina. the laws that have come down in north carolina are not just reproductive, it's immigration, it's every voting right. if you were to lay out everything going on in north carolina, you would not believe it's america. and if you want to know about it, read what berman has been writing about it because it's been spot out. >> quickly, my undercovered, overcovered. the fox news drudge obsession with the so-called knockout game. this is a flavor of what that -- and this has been on fox all the time. take a listen. >> we did a segment tonight, another example of young black americans committing senseless
crimes. >> the horrifying and deadly new trend sweeping the country called the knockout game. >> the game? well, young teens try to knock out a random victim with one brutal punch. >> young men involved reportedly just do it for the fun of it. pretty sick, pretty disturbing. >> it's being suppressed by the news media. the liberal news media doesn't want to say exactly what it is. it's gangs of black youths attacking whites. >> you get a sense of the racial politics and subtext, or not even subtext, text of that. and my undercovered story, this year we passed a landmark, 400 parts per million of carbon in the atmosphere. you might think what the heck does that me? look at this. this is the past 800,000 years, and that's carbon in the atmosphere. and you see that it bounces between 200 parts per million and 300 parts per million for 800,000 years and this year it passed 400 parts per million. a lot of people think the safest level we can have is 350 parts
per million, sense 350.org. we headed for 450 and after that, lord knows what, and that got zero, zero coverage. the other thing that didn't get coverage is this head lean from "the guardian" about the billion dollars that conservative groups have been spending to combat action on climate change. 2013 was a year of victories big and small. our favorites, next. [ grunts softly ] [ ding ] i sense you've overpacked, your stomach. try pepto to-go. it's pepto-bismol that fits in your pocket. relief can be yours, but your peanuts... are mine. ♪
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[ drum roll ] >> it's the "all in victory of the year" award. >> nancy giles, victory of the year. >> i thought it was when the senate democrats changed the filibuster rules. i got tired of the minority -- well, they gave the minority a bad name, actually -- stonewalling all the president's nominees. they stonewalled over 80, i think, nominees, more than all the other presidents combined. it was ridiculous. >> we have a great graphic of that, that actually, harry reid's office put together, the pie chart of filibusters of executive nominees and you see in the history of republicans, 168. did i do that math correctly? yes. 82 of which were -- >> in the history of the republic! >> in the history of the republic. this is basically something nobody did until barack obama took office. at one point, they had to recess appointments -- my favorite anecdote -- the printer, the one who prfzs was reappointed because of the glut of nominatio
nominations. >> i picked the same thing as nancy. they blocked people to the federal courts, and it's already had an impact. millett is going to be appointed to the d.c. court of appeals. janet yellen is going to get a vote for the fed because of this, right? the only thing i will add is this should have been the biggest victory of 2009. >> right. fair point. all right, biggest victory, lizz winstead. >> i would say richard kim's favorite, pope francis coming out. it's nice to hear the obvious, you know, blah, blah, blah, let's get back to social justice. but what i really liked about it was the fact that it brought the vitriol of the right wing out in a way nobody else could have done it. when you're coming out against the pope going back to the tenants of jesus christ as a right-wing conservative, it's kind of -- >> i also thought he is a critic of unfettered capitalism in the document he wrote. and i just thought, you know, someone made this point to me and i forget who it was, and i'm stealing this and not crediting, but it was, when's the last time
you had a global voice of this magnitude as a critic of the current incarnation of capitalism? just, we don't have that voice -- >> no. >> particularly since 1989, there has been no alternative system, right? there has been no marxist counter to the capitalist west, right? the fact of the matter is, the current way that globalized, financialized capitalism works has done wreaked a lot of havoc, been destructive in a lot of ways, a lot of amazing things, but a lot of destructive, and to have a global voice, an icon of that magnitude who speaks about that -- >> all right, guys. pope plus one. pope plus one. >> yeah, i agree with you. >> yeah, i'm all for it. >> all right, here is my victory of the year. take a listen. >> the supreme court has just struck down the federal defense of marriage act. [ cheers and applause ] >> this is the law passed by congress in 1996, signed by president clinton that prevented
the federal government from recognizing the validity of same-sex marriages in the states where they're legal. >> children born today will grow up in a world without doma, and those same children who happen to be gay will be free to love and get married as thea and i did, but with the same federal benefits, protections and dignity as everyone else. >> all right, supreme court in an amazing decision striking down the defense of marriage act, which was an absolutely awful, discriminatory piece of legislation signed by president bill clinton, passed by the gingrich congress. the decision, as scalia says in his dissent in that and both the prop 8 case, paves the way for essentially the finding of a constitutional right to marry whoever you want, and in fact, we've seen a federal judge apply that logic recently lly in uta where the same-sex ban has been struck down, declared unconstitutional. just an absolute seat change and just the context and trajectory for the battle for marriage
equality and for gay rights in general, just an amazing moment that the court was able to see the logic of that. that was one of my favorite shows we did all year was to come in that day and do that show that night. >> that's cool. >> and i feel really honored and privileged to be sitting here sharing that night with all of you. josh barro, victory of the year. >> my victory of the year -- >> from the sublime to the ridiculous. >> yeah, my victory of the year is the budget deal, which everybody hates. and you know -- yeah, thank you. [ laughter ] >> there is icing on that. >> i will stimulate, it's not a good budget, but it is a budget. it's a deal that lasts for two years. it means we won't have to wonder will the government shut down next month, will there be another round of fiscal austerity, what economic policy are we even going to have six weeks from now? and congress has been such an anchor around the american economy by creating this uncertainty. republicans like to talk about uncertainty from obamacare and that sort of thing, the damaging uncertainty comes from this sort of, you know, like amateur policy-making. so, now at least we have this clarity, we have jantet yellen t
the fed creating clarity on monetary policy. we're already seeing good effects. a report on customer confidence today showed it's way back up, we regained all the loss during the shutdown. >> the shutdown, right. >> and the thing if fundamentally is emiz rating people in america right now is the weak labor mark that keeps wages depressed and people unemployed and an up tick in economic growth from the budget deal and other things will lead to an improved middle class living standard. >> i don't think it's completely ridiculous and i will throw peppermint bark at you, but i will say, if unemployment insurance were included in the deal, i would be with you and cheering more loudly. and i get your point on the stability it provides. but i'm so freaking furious that these people were left out. there are a bunch of victories this year that were seldom talked about. you know what, we're going to talk about them. stick around. [ male announcer ] the new new york is open.
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quickly and say what the under-the-radar victory of the year was. richard kim. >> the statement in wage hikes, including in new jersey, which passed by 61%. it's a constitutional amendment and it's a hike to inflation and it will go up year after year. >> lizz winstead. >> mitch mcconnell actually has somebody who is possibly going to at least show that there are democrats in kentucky and she could possibly win. that would be awesome. >> already elected to statewide office, very young and polling evenly with mitch o'connell, a big surprise. >> big deal. >> my victory of the year keys off yours. it's a tiny municipality, sea-tac, where the seattle-tacoma airport is. they passed a wage hike under the logic that most of those workers work in an airport and that airport can't go anywhere. and what i like about this, too, is it's a little bit of policy experimentation. if the doomsdayers about this are right, the negative consequences will make themselves know and discredit this move. if they're wrong, we'll find out in either direction, so i'm looking forward to this little laboratory of minimum wage
policy. josh barro. >> arizona governor jan brewer, a republican, forcing the medicaid expansion through her same party legislature in a knockdown, drag-out fight, first saying she'll veto any bill without it and then will veto any until they expand it. members of her party called it a traitor, but she got it done. as chris put on his show at the time, she was a baller. >> she was a baller. nancy giles. >> it was a wonderful, wonderful year culturally for black film. >> absolutely. >> over 18 -- i think 18 at last count, with black leads or directed by african-americans, including "12 years a slave," "best man holiday," "fruitvale station" and "black nativity." and it just gives me so much hope and i think it's better for the world if you see more diversity. >> i got to talk to the screenwriter and director from "fruitvale station" and screen writing from "12 years a slave" and "the star," and i agree, it's been an amazing year. >> wonderful. >> lots of new faces on the
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we're back with the first annual "all in all awards" special. let's get to our next award. >> it's the 2013 "all in rookie of the year" award. >> rookie of the year, fresh face on the political scene, cultural landscape. lizz winstead, who gets your rookie of the year award? >> wendy davis gets my rookie of the year award. when you can command a bunch of slackers to all of a sudden turn
to a youth stream of the texas sledge to watch a woman filibustering for 13 hours and then have her go from a small state legislature to being within six points of, you know, of the governors race, i'm excited for her. >> it was an amazing moment. just watching and having twitter, watching this kind of, this momentum build around, the people that covered it in the chamber, momentum was building there and reverberating off social media, and it really was -- the last time i saw the announcement of someone on the national stage in that kind of way was barack obama's convention speech in 2004. >> right. >> it's the last time i can recall that someone just went from on tuesday people didn't know who they were, on wednesday, everyone was like, oh, my word, who is this person? i think that's a great, a great award-winner. my award for rookie of the year, goes to an incredible group out of florida called dream defenders. they're doing amazing work in the best tradition of nonviolent, peaceful direct action and mobilization. here is the head of the dream
defenders. take a listen. >> tell you how our mothers, sisters, daughters, wives still earn less, have no control over their bodies and are traded and trafficked like slaves, and i can tell you how it's easier for someone to buy a gun and put it to their head than to diagnose the illness within it, but i only have two minutes. and if there was time, i'd tell you that millions of young people and queer people and poor people and people of color are asking what do we do with all of this anger, all this fear, this disappointment and frustration, this mad that we feel? but alas, i only have one minute. >> philip agnew, just an incredibly profound, charismatic presence, we've had him on the show and it was a pleasure having him. i wish there was a dream defenders in every state. they are doing amazing, amazing work. josh barro, rookie of the year. >> senator ted cruz. >> wait, wait, this senator ted cruz? >> sam i am.
that sam i am, that sam i am, i do not like that sam i am. do you like green eggs and ham? i do not like them, sam i am, i do not like green eggs and ham. >> so, that one? >> he's so passionate while he's reading it, very earnest. no, it's, you know, this freshman member of the senate has managed to so thoroughly jerk around republican leadership in both houses of congress, drive his party into a strategy that they did not want to implement, that they knew was a disaster, but they couldn't figure out how to control him. and he, you know, he engineered the government shutdown. i think, though, while he has had an extremely impressive rookie season just in terms of impact, i think finally he has so angered so many of his republican colleagues -- >> good. >> -- that john boehner and mitch mcconnell have figured out strategies to neutralize his power. i think he will be less powerful in 2014. >> i'm embarrassed after seeing the dream defenders because they really did something. >> but i actually think ted cruz, from just the most sort of
notable, new political presence this year, i think it's hard to argue that. >> in the weirdest, eeriest way, starting with he looks like joe mccarthy. have you noticed? >> he looks like little richie. >> and he led the republicans down the road of disaster with no plan. there was no plan. he's done nothing legislatively. he's done nothing. >> there was a plan. the plan was to raise ted cruz's national profile, and it worked. >> it worked perfectly. >> it might be biting him in the butt. >> depends what he wants. he won't get to be president. he will get to be an enormous figure within the conservative -- >> and he can cash out on millions of dollars if he so chooses. >> my rookie of the year is 84-year-old edie windsor, who for almost her entire life led a quiet, nonpolitical life. she met her wife, thea, before stonewall, worked and took care of thea for 32 years, who had multiple sclerosis. her wife died two years after they got married and all this happens out of the limelight. then all of a sudden, here she is in this crusade for justice after her wife has died.
and there's this beautiful profile written by her that talked about her going on dates and looking for sex still and putting on makeup. so, this story to me is about marriage, but it's also about the persistence of passion and justice and life after that. it's just so poignant and lovely to me, and i hope wherever she is, she's having a great night. >> edie winsdsor is a remarkabl human being. i've met her in person and i completely agree. one of the things that's amazing to note about her and listen to her is that you realize that gay marriage existed before there was a name for it and a law for it and a constitution, that, like, people loving each other, being in committed relationships to each other is something that the state doesn't get a say in, right? what the state gets a say in is do you get the recognition and the benefits and the rights for equality, but the actual way people comport themselves, the bonds people form with each other, when you listen to her oral history of that love, of that great, beautiful, mutually supporting, cherished love
between her and her now deceased wife, it's a reminder that this has been there and it's probably gone back hundreds and thousands of years, that people have found each other and fallen in love with each other and had gay marriages before anyone had a name for it or the state could confer its legitimacy, and now, finally, that is changing. all right, big finish.the finale coming up. stay with us as we pick the best moments of 2013. that's next. which means it's never been easier to get a new passat, awarded j.d. power's most appealing midsize car, two years in a row. and right now you can drive one home for practically just your signature. get zero due at signing, zero down, zero deposit, and zero first month's payment on any new 2014 volkswagen. hurry, this offer ends january 2nd. for details, visit vwdealer.com today
we asked you to give your best of 2013. peg on facebook says "what did the media overcover? what did the media undercover? miley cyrus/fukushima sheem." steve from facebook says "madison kimrey, preteen north carolina voting rights activist." best moments, carol from facebook says "my brother getting health insurance for the first time in 25 years. shhhh! shhhh. [ coughs ] i have a cold with this annoying runny nose. [ sniffles ] i better take something. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil cold and flu
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the first annual "all in all awards special" for the big finale. all right, let's get to our final award. [ drum roll ] >> it's time for the "all in best moment of 2013." >> obviously, best moment is subjective. there are lots of things to choose from, oi so i'll start with my choice. the president announced that he thought it was necessary in the wake of a chemical weapons attack that looked to be committed to be by bashar al assad in syria against rebel forces, horrific use of what appeared to be sarin nerve gas on citizens and that the u.s. had to strike back with some kind of military force. he then called an audible after making, taking a walk with his chief of staff, dennis mcdonagh, decided he was going to go to congress. this was his surprise announcement in the rose garden. >> having made my decision as commander in chief based on what i am convinced is our national
security interests, i'm also mindful that i'm the president of the world's oldest constitutional democracy. i have long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might but in our example as a government of the people, by the people and for the people, and that's why i've made a second decision. i will seek authorization for the use of force from the american people's representatives in congress. >> it was an amazing moment because presidents rarely do this, particularly not for the kind of strike that he was considering ordering. it was probably not the wise thing to do politically in some sense. it showed weakness, he got criticized that he was all over the place, but it was an incredibly important, righteous, correct, enlightened decision. that also opened the door to a mass popular, like, popular rebellion against the idea that also opened the door to this amazing diplomatic solution in which we ended up not having to go to war in syria, in which the
chemical weapons are being sort of inspected, although that's messy. and the situation in syria's horrible, it is crushing, it is disgusting what is happening to people there, but i continue to believe american intervention would not have made it better, and that moment when the president did the right thing, stood up, did the right thing, that opened the door to us taking that path, and i thought it was an incredible moment. josh barro. >> my favorite moment was a series of moments throughout the year with more and more states legalizing gay marriage, in some cases through -- >> we've got some photos of u h utah. keep talking. >> some cases through legislative action, some through the courts. but about every month or so, we got one of these stories. then whenever they happens, you get this surge of people converging on city halls and county municipal buildings -- >> right there i believe that's salt lake city and that was boy scouts handing out pizza to gay folks online waiting to get marriage licenses after a federal judge declared that state's marriage ban unconstitutional. >> and there's just like this pent-up happiness coming out, people who were waiting a long time to do this and who are having these wonderful moments
in these drab surroundings. i think this is actually a cool juxtaposition, and it's really all over the place. nine states legalized gay marriage this year, which is as many as had legal gay marriage when we started the year. so it's amazing the pace. also had united kingdom and other countries. this is accelerating and on the march. >> my best moment came out of an awful moment, and that is when george zimmerman was acquitted in the trayvon martin case. it brought attention to the case of marissa alexander who was in jacksonville, florida, and she was serving a 20-year prison sentence for shooting a warning shot at an abusive husband. she was claiming that she was standing her ground, and she was sentenced to 20 years in prison by that same d.a. that was at the head of the trayvon martin case. and she's getting a new trial. >> yes, marissa alexander, really an outrageous case. a woman who was clearly a survivor of domestic violence in an argument with her abuser. >> right. >> fires a warning shot up into the air. no one was hurt -- >> that didn't hurt anyone. >> she tried to use stand your
ground defense, she was convicted within a matter of hours. >> yeah. >> she was sentenced to 20 years, the mandatory minimum. the judge has now overturned that conviction. she'll get a new trial because the jury was not instructed properly on her self-defense. >> i was really happy to hear that. >> it's really amazing and there's a lot of fund-raising and activism around marissa alexander's case. go to atprison twitter feed and you can find information about marissa alexander's case. it's opportunity for an injustice to be righted. a new trial we'll watch carefully. richard kim. >> i know this is totally cliche on my part, but the primary victory of bill de blasio. just from a sheer political narrative level, this was a guy in single digits for most of the campaign. chris quinn had locked up the party establishment, the party money and in the time frame of a month, he totally turns this around and wins by a 40% margin. >> incredible, partly because of anthony weiner's self-destruction. here he is on primary night. take a listen.
>> the challenges we face have been decades in the making, and the problems we set out to address will not be solved overnight. but make no mistake, the people of this city have chosen a progressive path. >> bill de blasio ran explicitly to the left, and people thought that was crazy, and it resonated in the city of new york, and people say, well, that's not particularly applicable because new york is a place that goes for barack obama by 80% in presidential elections. but it had been a while. it's been a while -- >> we've had a republican mayor since like forever, you know? >> how many years? >> and the fact that it was the right message that struck with the public mood, and the fact that it was his multicultural family that gave him that key necessary assist is also -- >> one of the greatest political ads of all time. your moment of the year. >> my moment of the year kind of dovetails off wendy davis, and it was that moment when these peaceful activists were just raising their voices as the clock was running out -- i'm
going to start crying -- at midnight, and they couldn't hear when it had passed, and it passed at midnight and the law hadn't passed. it was just a testament to women and men and supporting this cause. and i just was so moved by it that it's inspired like a whole legion of people to take on the reproductive cause. >> everyone should take a listen. >> taylor. ureski. [ cheers and applause ] >> if we can have order in the chamber so that the members could properly cast a vote. >> really -- >> wow. >> amazing moment at the end of that in which they basically tried to ram rod her and said you violated all these rules and we're passing it. and they were wrong, the chair was wrong and the people rebelled and that was the end of that. of course, they passed it in the next session, which is a lesson about persistence that edie
windsor can teach us. thanks to josh barro, nancy giles, richard kim and lizz winstead. that is "all in" for this evening. please, have a wonderful merry christmas or war on christmas, whichever you choose to celebrate. definitely be sure to tune in on thursday night. we've got a great show lined up for that fight. you'll want to check it out. "the rachel maddow show" starts right now. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, chris. i am with you, i think not stumbling into another land war in the middle east, kind of hard to top for this year, yes. >> amazing. amazing, amazing. and it's amazing how we covered it so much and as soon as it was off the table, all right, what happened to that? >> we'll move on to other things. thanks, chris. have a merry christmas. >> you, too. >> thank you at home for joining us this hour. all right, at the eastern edge of the hoosier state, in the small town of richmond, indiana it was an average saturday. and in the middle of that average saturday in the early afternoon, something really quite terrible happened. it was 1:47 p.m. on a saturday, april 6th, 1968, and in